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Youngsters celebrate Kent Reliance DIFAbility Awards

Monday 7th September 2015

Kent's Learning and Physically Disability squads were recognised in the 2015 Kent Reliance DIFAbility awards.

The two squads currently play in different formats of the game run by British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities

The entry level Super 9s, a regional league with teams from Essex, Middlesex and Sussex also competing and the D40 league, a full 40 over national hardball competition.

The Southern region consisted of teams from Hampshire, Surrey, Essex, Middlesex and Gloucestershire.

The Visually Impaired squad play in the Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW), South & West Development League.

Opponents included Surrey, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, RNC Hereford, London Metro, Dorset & Berkshire. The team finishing 4th in their first full year in the competition.

The awards were presented by Robert Gurr of Kent Reliance, Major Sponsors of Kent Disability Cricket.

Physically Disabled Cricket Awards 2015

Players Player: Liam McFall

A talented 15 year old from Dartford with huge potential. One of the squads main bowlers who bowls with tremendous flight and lots of leg spin. Currently plays for Hartley CC and is also a member of the ECB South East Regional Talent Centre.

Coaches Choice: Jack Rintoul

Long-standing squad member from Greenwich who has improved markedly this year with bat and ball. Jack was also a member of the Kent team in the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championship in April.

Outstanding contribution: Ben Cox

Long-standing squad member from Gravesend with an incredible work ethic, which is appreciated by everyone. He keeps wicket with enthusiasm and enjoys his batting. Always willing to assist, a much valued member of the squad.

Visually Impaired Cricket Awards 2015

Player of the Year – Tom Barton

A previous winner of the BCEW Best New Player in 2013. The Bezley cricketer now captains the team and leads from the front with both batting and bowling.

Clubman of the Year – Drew Norris

Drew is the squad wicketkeeper and as such is the focal point when fielding. The gloveman from Ashford's dedication to cricket in Kent is second to none and is always available to offer help and support to both team-mates and coaches alike.

Most Improved Player – Amin Afshari

This is Amin’s first year in cricket but the Bexley player is a natural sportsman he has already surpassed most expectations and has attended training sessions with the ECB VI team. Always eager to soak up as much information and practice as possible.